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Iconiq Lab adds Crypto Titan David Drake to its Advisory Board

Frankfurt & New York, December 11, 2017: Iconiq Lab, a global ICO- and Token Sale Accelerator program, has announced the addition of LDJ Capital Chairman David Drake to its Advisory Board. David and his teams at LDJ Capital and The Soho Loft Media Group will provide counsel on critical issues including token investor relations and international business development. David Drake is a well-known entrepreneur, investor and speaker. Through his family office, LDJ Capital, and his partners, David’s investments currently have over fifty global directors that maintain relations with institutions and family offices with $1.5 trillion in assets. He has represented the US Commerce Department at the Transatlantic Forum with the EU Commission in Brussels and Rome, as well as in the UK Parliament a...

FinLab expands its crypto-currency exposure with an investment in the ICO- and Token-Sale Accelerator ICONIQ LAB.

Frankfurt, November 17, 2017. FinLab AG (ISIN: DE0001218063; Ticker: A7A.GR) is set to make a six-figure investment in Frankfurt-based Iconiq Lab Holding GmbH, the world’s first batch-driven Initial Coin Offering and Token Sale accelerator program. Iconiq Lab will invest these new financial resources in the development of the accelerator program and further expanding its global deal-sourcing presence. Iconiq Lab will invest in additional personnel and increase its marketing budget to drive global awareness of the sale of its own token, ICNQ, which goes on sale in January 2018. Iconiq Lab is a full-service platform for crypto-, blockchain- or tokenizable startups and provides seed funding and ICO-related expense coverage to selected startups. Iconiq Lab and its partners provide expert servi...

Malta hosted Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference: ICO Investments

On December 7, St. Julian’s (Malta) hosted Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta, dedicated to cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and ICO. High officials of the Maltese government and co-authors of the national blockchain strategy attended the event. Around 400 people participated in the conference, including developers, investors, entrepreneurs, representatives of banking and credit institutions, fintech experts, lawyers, journalists. The audience listened to presentations from 20 speakers, and the exhibition area featured 15 companies. Main topics The conference was opened by Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the Office of the Prime Minister Malta. In his welcome speech, he said that Malta wanted to lead the pack i...

Press Release: Viuly VIU Token Airdrop to Over 900 000 Ethereum Holders Complete, Blockchain Video Platform Announces Mainnet Launch

Youtube competitor Viuly is pleased to announce the airdrop of 458 000 000 tokens to over 960 000 Ethereum holders is now complete, with the decentralized blockchain video platform viuly.io scheduled to connect to the mainnet on December 15th. Tallin Estonia, 4th December 2017 — Blockchain based video platform Viulyis excited to announce its airdrop of VIU tokens to over 960 000 Ethereum holders is now complete; the initiative is aimed at driving mass adoption of the decentralized video platform at viuly.io which is powered by the VIU token. Everyone who had some ETH in their Ethereum wallets when the snapshot was taken on November 5th can view their tokens in their wallet by using the following settings to add a custom token: Address: 0x519475b31653E46D20cD09F9FdcF3B12BDAcB4f5 Name: VIU D...

Press Release: Blockchain conference in Malta to feature government representatives

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta to discuss cryptocurrency regulation and national blockchain policy On December 7, Malta (St Julian’s) will feature Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference, an event on blockchain and cryptocurrencies, organized by Smile-Expo. Representatives of business, government and financial sector will discuss key issues of the blockchain industry, including the national blockchain strategy The popularity of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the world is growing. Early December, the rate of bitcoin exceeded $11 000; large stock exchanges in New York and Chicago introduce bitcoin futures; various countries draft bills adopting or restricting the new technologies. Traditionally, Malta is called one of the top five countries most open to bitcoin. Blockchain in Malt...

Press Release: The way to stop ICO scam – Trust Rank & Experts Platform for ICO Market!

Ratei.co Website About the Rate ICO RateI.CO platform which consists of experts in IT, blockchain, business & marketing, will make the ICO market cleaner and more transparent. RateI.CO will not allow potential investors to be confused by hype, Fear Of Missing Out or Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Experts from various fields will analyze and rate each ICO on a measure of trustworthiness, which potential investors can use to help guide them in their endeavors. Reviews will be available in 11 different languages. RateI.CO is currently working on new features, which include: additional parameters under which an ICO can be rated, tools for investors and ICO teams, and an internal STARS exchange. Many are currently unaware of the importance and benefits which our project brings to the sphere o...

Press Release: Malta to host blockchain conference for entrepreneurs, startups and investors

December 7, St. Julian’s will host the event for all those interested in blockchain and cryptocurrencies in terms of business – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta. Its participants include entrepreneurs, investors, consultants and IT specialists working with blockchain and digital currencies. The event will be attended by representatives of the Government of Malta. At the beginning of the event, they will make a welcoming speech. Speakers of the conference are analysts of the cryptocurrency markets; financial and legal experts; blockchain developers; representatives of startups and large companies that use blockchain technology; cryptocurrency and venture investors. The organizer is Smile-Expo, the company that has already held more than 10 large blockchain events. Blockchain ...

Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Has Potential Privacy Issues

The Lightning Network is often viewed as the holy grail when it comes to scaling Bitcoin to many more transactions per second, but questions remain as to how well the current version of this layer-two network can preserve or improve user privacy. During the Scaling Bitcoin workshop at Stanford University over the weekend, Zcash co-founder Ian Miers presented on the Lightning Network’s privacy issues and a potential solution to these problems. Privacy Issues with the Lightning Network At first, it may appear that the Lightning Network would provide improved financial privacy by default because transactions are mostly taken off of the public Bitcoin blockchain; however, Miers explained that the aggregate payment data is really all that matters to an observer. “It doesn’t matter I’m telling y...

Protecting your wallet from the CryptoShuffle Trojan

Kaspersky Labs, a cybersecurity firm based in Russia, has warned cryptocurrency owners that due to a trojan known as CryptoShuffler, their coins are not even totally safe in private wallets. The trojan is managing to steal coins from users by replacing the wallet URL addresses on a user’s clipboard as they copy and paste the information for transfers. As the trojan makes use of the built-in clipboard function on computers, it can steal from any wallet or cryptocurrency. According to Kaspersky, as of the end of October 2017, cybercriminals have managed to steal 23 Bitcoins, which is currently equivalent to approximately $140,000. It isn’t just Bitcoin that is at risk, however. Thousands of dollars worth of other cryptocurrencies including Litecoin, Ethereum, Zcash and Dogecoin and many more...

Major cryptocurrency exchange to exclude many ICOs

Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX) has said that it won’t be trading the majority of new cryptocurrencies. GDAX is backed by the New York Stock Exchange and they aren’t stocking the new initial coin offerings (ICOs) because of risks in the market. About GDAX GDAX is currently the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency marketplace by volume; at the start of November, approximately US$255m were traded in 24 hours. Compare this with the largest cryptocurrency trader, Bithumb, located in South Korea, trading US$290m in 24 hours. The digital exchange is regulated by New York Department of Financial Services and is owned by Coinbase, who are a San-Francisco based digital wallet company valued at US$1.6bn this year. Traded cryptocurrencies At the moment GDAX only trades Bitcoin, Litecoin and Eth...

Where is the future of Bitcoin mining?

Ever since mining Bitcoin became popular, the computational power required to mine it has increased. This means that it is requiring more energy and is, therefore, becoming less lucrative for miners. One way that miners are trying to maintain their profitability is by decreasing their energy costs. The added benefit of this is that it reduces the environmental cost as well.  Mining a single Bitcoin now consumes 20 barrels of oil. This is an astonishingly high amount, although, with the current value of Bitcoin standing at over $6,000, this equates to the value of around 100 barrels of oil. So, once that Bitcoin becomes available, it is immediately worth 5 times the amount of energy used in the mining process. When we look at the picture on a larger scale, we can see that every year around ...

South Korea announces plans to regulate Bitcoin

After months of toing and froing, South Korea has now made the decision to start to regulate Bitcoin. The Far East country will now treat the cryptocurrency as a commodity, rather than a currency. The governor of the Central Banks of Korea, Lee Joo-yeol, recently made the announcement and made it clear that “Regulation is appropriate because it is regarded as a commodity. It [cannot be] regulated at the level of a currency.” They have come to this decision based on the definition of the BIS (Bank of International Settlements). This regulation is not due to come into force anytime soon, but the announcement is very encouraging nonetheless. It seems the South Korean government has not taken this decision lightly, as a task force was actually first established back in 2016 to study the licens...